Rid of Rummy

by Venomous Kate

Breaking news: Rumsfeld is resigning. I’ll be back with more coverage after I’m finished dancing the Happy Dance.

Fox News this morning:

Earlier today, a spokesman for Rumsfeld said he’d given no indication that he would step down in the wake of Democratic election gains. The spokesman said Rumsfeld would work with Congress on Iraq but added that the focus on stabilizing the country will remain the same.

Eric Ruff, the Pentagon press secretary, said he participated in meetings with Rumsfeld on Wednesday morning and heard no talk of changing war strategies or of Rumsfeld leaving his post. He said he did not know whether Rumsfeld has talked to President Bush about his future in light of the election results.

Considering that President Bush is currently live on air explaining Rumsfeld’s departure, the MSM’s a bit slow on the uptake. I, meanwhile, have not stopped cheering.

UPDATE: CNN confirms Rumsfeld is resigning.

On TV, The President just named former CIA-head Robert Gates as Rumsfeld’s replacement.

UPDATE: Wikipedia’s fast. The entry on Robert Gates already indicates he’s to be Rummy’s replacement.

UPDATE: No doubt InstaPundit will increase his coverage of this soon. Maybe he’s still sleepy from his streaming video appearance at CNN’s Blog Party last night?

UPDATE: Reader email from James C. asks if I’ll be attending Rumsfeld’s speech at Kansas State on Thursday just so I can gloat. Um, no. I’ll be staying home to trim my toenails. I also won’t be answering the door.

UPDATE: For those of you not near a TV set, here’s video of the President’s speech.

FINAL (?) UPDATE: Looks like this will be the second-to-last entry in my Rumsfeld Bites category. By gum, I already miss it.

9 Comments to “Rid of Rummy”

  1. YAY! W00t!

    Finally.

    And maybe, just maybe, politics will be on the back burner when it comes to Iraq and the rebuilding that needs to be done?

    Shyeah. Right. I had a moment, there, where I was hopeful, though.

  2. Wouldn’t it be nice if the folks in Washington started worrying about doing what’s right, instead of trying to blame each other for what’s going wrong?

    Yeah, I was having a moment, too.

  3. Is everyone so sure that Gates won’t just continue the same way as Rummy?

  4. Well, to quote Rummy:

    As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.

    So, as to Gates, I don’t know. But at least I know that he’s not who we’ve known and that we know we don’t know now.

  5. What a hoot. Thirty minutes after I post that very quote, the President picked the same one to refer to Rumsfeld and Gates.

    I oughta start checking my referrer logs. ;)

  6. Thinking about pulling my retirement…

    Naw, STILL punching. I’m getting too old for this shite.

  7. I know of quite a few of currently retired military folks now interested in going back to work.

  8. I cannot say as though I will miss him in the slightest bit. I can only hope that Gates will correct some of the things Rumsfeld did.

  9. Well, you got what you wanted, no more Rumsfeld. We will have to disagree on this subject. However, I suspect history will have quite a different view of him. A good article below.

    http://www.defenselink.mil/hom.....1109b.html